This year marks the 28th Annual Payson Scottish Festival and Highland Games which will be held on July 8-9 at Memorial Park in Payson. This event is a free, community-sponsored event.
I went two years ago and it was quite a sight to see. There was plenty of entertainment, booths to look through, food, and the sporting events were by far the most interesting thing I had ever seen – a bunch of men throwing large things around – it doesn’t get any more interesting than that.
Friday night, entertainment will begin at 6:00 pm in the center of the park with the usual booths all around including food, artwork, clothing, jewelry, books, and swords.
- 6:00PM – 7:00PM Alex Bigney
- 7:00PM – 8:00PM An Dragan Ceilteach
- 8:00PM – 9:00PM New Horizons Orchestra
Saturday, the festival begins at 8:00 am.
8:00AM Scottish Sprint
Starting at the park
Route is along Main Street, begins at corner of Utah Avenue and Main Street, follows Main Street to 300 S. and ends at 100 E.
9:30AM Opening Ceremonies and Massed Bands
Located on the Athletic Field
8:00AM – 5:00PM Competitions
Various locations throughout the Park
10:00AM – 4:00PM Bandstand Entertainment
Located at the Bandstand
5:00PM Closing Ceremonies and Massed Bands
Located on the Band Field
- 10:00AM – 11:00AM Celtic Country Dancers
- 11:00AM – 12:00PM Power Academy of Irish Dance
- 12:00PM – 1:00PM Bad Colleen
- 1:00PM – 2:00PM Celtic Folk Band
- 2:00PM – 3:00PM Bad Colleen
- 3:00PM – 4:00PM Celtic Folk Band
- 4:00PM – 6:00PM Alex Bigney
- 6:00PM – 7:00PM Steve McDonald
|Time||Men’s Event||Women’s Event|
|8:00AM||Stone Puts||Stone Puts|
|8:45AM||Light Weight for Distance||Heavy Weight for Distance|
|10:00AM||Heavy Weight for Distance||Light Hammer|
|11:00AM||Hammer||Light Weight for Distance|
|1:00PM||Caber Toss||Weight for Height|
|2:00PM||Weight for Height||Sheaf Toss|
|3:00PM||Sheaf Toss||Caber Toss|
The dance competitions will be held in the dance tent located on the north side of the park. Chairs will be available for the spectators.